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Truth does not concern PM, propaganda does: Priyanka Gandhi

Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 12:- In another direct attack on the Prime Minister, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister attempted to hide the truth and shirk responsibility.

She said in her series “Jimmedar Kaun” (Who is responsible), “Good governance in a crisis is about confronting the truth, seizing responsibility, and taking action. Unfortunately, the Modi government did none of these. Instead, from the beginning of the pandemic, it made every attempt to hide the truth and to shirk responsibility”.

She alleged that the Prime Minister simply retreated and waited for the worst to pass. “The Prime Minister of India has behaved like a coward. He has let our country down. The whole world has witnessed his incompetence in governance. His vast capacity for vanity has been exposed. Indians do not come first for him. Politics does. Truth does not concern him, propaganda does,” she said.

She further said, as a consequence, when the second wave hit the country with unprecedented force, the government lapsed into a state of inaction. This inaction enabled the virus to spread with far greater ferocity and cause untold suffering.

She quoted Hindi poet Nirala to show the tragic situation, “The waters of the river Ganga were filled with corpses. There was no wood left in crematoriums to cremate the dead. In the blink of an eye, my family had vanished from before me.”

These lines were written by the celebrated poet Nirala in his novel ‘Kulli Bhaat’, in which he describes the grim scenes that unfolded during the Spanish Flu epidemic one hundred years ago. They are eerily prescient, even more so now because we live in modern times when such scenes of collective turmoil caused by an abdication of governance ought to be a thing of the past.

“So, how did we end up witnessing scenes of desolation that belonged in another century? Why were the people of India abandoned by their government, and left to fend for themselves? Why were dead bodies floating down the Ganga, day after day, while the whole world watched aghast?” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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